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there is encouraging news about the condition of giants fan bryan stow that comes nearly three months after he was beaten in a coma outside a dodgers game. >> doctors at san francisco general hospital just wrapped up a news conference and our nick smith joins us there. nick, he is showing some improvement? >> reporter: cheryl, indeed. good news indeed. brian is breathing without a ventilator. he is showing spontaneous movement with his left arm. he is responding to some commands.
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this is indeed encouraging news for family and friends who are praying for full and speedy recovery. bryan stow, the san francisco giants fan who was beaten and badly injured at dodger stadium remains at san francisco general. he survivored a severe skull fracture and bad bruising to the frontal lobe after being beatingen in the parking lot of dodger stadium. today, his doctors shared promising news. >> upgraded the condition of bryan stow from critical to serious. however, he is far from out of woods. >> reporter: as he struggles to recover, the investigation behind his attack continues. the prime suspect in the beating was given ten months in prison on monday for unrelated charges. 31-year-old giovanni ramirez had his state parole revoked for alleged gun possession. ramirez was arrested in may. and police called him the main aggressor in the march attack against stow. ramirez's attorney maintains his client's innocence saying ramirez was not at
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the stadium the day stow was kick and beaten. san francisco general is the only trauma center in san francisco. it's internationally recognized and specializes in traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. the doctor while optimistic says there is a need to exercise level expectations. >> he is able to intermittently open and close your eyes in response to saying can you close your eyes, open your eyes? that suggests we have circuits reconnecting. there is some level of function. how that is going to predict his long-term outcome is a promising sign, but again, i think the theme of today is to level expectations that does not mean a full recovery. >> stow's family released a statement thanking everyone for their concern, prayers and support and asking everyone to maintain their privacy. for more information about the suspects that investigators are looking for, go to our website at at san francisco general, nick smith, abc7 news. nick, thank you very much. san francisco police have
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now identified the young man found dead in the water near fort mason in the marina district. investigators say 20-year-old dennis noton from olympia, washington, was stabbed to death. divers are expected to return to the bay today to look for more evidence. residents called investigators monday night after seeing trail of blood. they were called out again yesterday morning after someone reported a body in the water. investigators say they're looking for two men who neighbors say have been living in a car in the area. newly released documents confirm pg&e crews did install the pipeline that ultimately exploded in san bruno last september. the explosion and fire killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. the documents are part of the 225,000 pages of information. utility what been ordered to provide to investigators. initially, pg&e said they believed an outside contractor may have installed a pipe. but the documents show the
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pg&e employees installed that pipeline 55 years ago. san jose state set up a relief fund to help 28 residents whose fraternity house was destroyed in a massive fire. they're still trying to determine the exact cause of yesterday's fire inside the fraternity house. witnesses say it began? a laundry room. the university offered to help the students find new places to live and will give them money for new clothes and replace some of their personal belongings. in a matter of hours, president obama will lay out his exit strategy in afghanistan. the white house is not confirming the exact figures but we're getting word that at least 30,000 troops will be withdrawn by the end of next year. abc7's karina rusk is here with more. >> right, eric. 10,000 this year and 30,000 troops by the end of next year. the question is how fast the pace of the departures will be. until president obama
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announces his decision, all sides of the debate are making their voices heard. this morning, house speaker john boehner voiced republican concerns that president obama may choose to pull too many troops out of afghanistan too quickly. >> i am concerned with a precipitous withdrawal of the troops to jeopardize success we've made. >> there are nearly 100,000 u.s. troops currently serving in afghanistan. administration and pentagon sources say the president is expected to pull out 10,000 troops by the end of this year and bring 20,000 home by the end of next year. we heard today from afghan political leader abdullah abdullah. >> success would depend on two main factors. the ability of the afghan government, the afghan leadership and the institutions. to shoulder the responsibility. also, how to use the lerm on
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pakistan to stop supporting -- leverage on pakistan to stop supporting the taliban. >> on the eve of the president's speech, a reminder of the cost of war. body of three troops returned home to dover air base joining 1,500 others killed in afghanistan. americans are growing weary of the war. the toll it's taking in lives and the significant monetary price tag which amounts to $300 billion since it began ten years ago. >> it is time for president obama to begin a substantial and responsible reduction in the military presence in afghanistan. i believe it's time for us to rebuild america. not afghanistan. >> abc news will carry the president's speech live. you can see it here on abc7 at 5:00 tonight. there is some indication the initial withdrawal of 10,000 would take place in two phases.
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half the summer and the rest by the end of the year. the president is expected to speak from 10 to 15 minutes from the east room of the white house. >> thank you very much. >> the controversial proposition to ban circumcision is in a lawsuit. we're joined outside san francisco city hall by amy hollyfield. the opponents say it violates state law. >> they point to a law that says the local governments can't get involved in deciding issues about medical procedures. so they are going to take the issue to the courtroom. when i say "they," i mean a variety of people. >> jews and muslims came together to file the lawsuit. circumcision is important in their religion. another concerned segment joined the suit. doctors. >> it clearly affects physician. >> the ban is suggesting that physicses be jailed -- physicians be jailed for a
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common procedure. this affects us in the general healthcare. affects physicians and religious community. >> the initiative to ban circumcision is scheduled to be on the november ballot in san francisco. this group wants the court to stop it before the vote, saying it has no business being on the ballot. >> we believe the law is clear that san franciscans like any other citizen or municipality in the state cannot vote on anything to restrict physicians practi practicing their profession. >> those against this say circumcision is cruel and painful. they want it on the ballot so the public can decide the issue. but advocates say they don't have a problem with it playing out in the courtroom. >> anything that helps people to bring up the topic of circumcision and discussion is positive effect of whatever the outcome is. this has flown under the radar for too long in this
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country. people need to discuss it. >> as for the argument that local governments can't get involved in restricting the medical procedures, well, he argues that the circumcision is not a medical procedure. it's a cosmetic one. definitely two sides to the issue of circumcision. but now there is a third side. whether the issue will make it to the ballot in november. live in san francisco, amy hollyfield, abc7 news. >> thank you very much. u.s. airways is defending its decision to allow a man wearing panties, thigh high stockings and high heels to fly earlier in month days before removing another passenger who refused to pull up his sagging pajama pants. here is a picture of a man snapped by another passenger before the flight from fort lauderdale to phoenix. despite complaints from other passengers the airline allowed the man to fly. it happened june 9, six days before separate incident at sfo. that is when 20-year-old marman was arrested after refusing to pull up his
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sagging pants and then refusing to leave the airplane. the airline has said that marmon wasn't removed for the clothing but because he denied a request by an airline employee. his attorney says his client was targeted due to his race. still ahead. former vice president al gore offers harsh criticism of president obama and the issue he says he is failing to address. >> the new government policy for patting down young children at security checkpoints. >> the first lady's historic trip to south africa and michelle obama's michelle obama's inspiratatatatatatatatatatatataw
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>> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld. airport screeners have new rules today about patting down young children at security checkpoint. the change follows public outrage of patdown of 8-year-old girl in new orleans. and critics repeatedly called the searches intrusive and unnecessary. under the new guidelines, workers have to make repeated attempt to screen young children electronically before they can use invasive pat-downs. t.s.a. officials say they expect to announce a new policy soon on when patdowns on young children are justified. words of inspiration today from first lady michelle obama who told a crowd of young women in south africa they have the
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power to change the world. the u.s. first lady delivered that message this morning during her historic week-long trip to south africa and botswana. in the emotional speech, mrs. obama encouraged women to stand up for their rights. >> you can be the generation that stands up and says that violence against women in any form, in anyplace, including the home, especially the home. that isn't just a women's rights violation. it's a human rights violation. >> earlier the first lady and her daughters visited former south african president nelson mandella at his request. after that, the family visited the day care center where they danced and read to the children. former vice president al gore is offering scathing new criticism of president obama's record on fighting global warming. mr. gore says the president has failed to stand up for "bold action" on the issue and says the president's policies have done little to improve the problem.
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former vice president criticism comes in the form of 7,000-word essay posted on "rolling stone" magazine website this morning. work on climate change earned him nobel prize and academy award for the documentary "an inconvenient truth." there has been no response from the white house. >> mike nicco has the forecast. >> take a look outside and see the changes, the visible changes as the clouds are hugging the coast. that's where they will stay today. they will return tonight. that will drop the temperatures more so. we'll show you he loy that will go from the near record highs from yesterday. >> all right, mike. thank you. fed up and fighting back. extreme measures a mother took to stop three suspected thieves. >> federal health regulators issue a new ruling about the safety of silicon breast implants.
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check this out. in texas, surveillance cameras shows how par a woman went to stop suspected thieves at a wal-marwal-mart.
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monique says three brothers walked out on sunday with three cases of beer they had not paid for. the single mother chased after the men and jumped on the hood of their get-away car. she says she is fed up with crime. >> then he started the car and i knew i needed to get off because he didn't care. they're laughing at me the whole time in the car. i'm tired of it. our society needs to stand up and say this is not right, we're not going to put up with it. you will be punished. >> i don't think they should have laughed at her. she slid off the car as they started to drive away. the police spotted it and changed the suspect down. they saw them against the fence. they're facing the charges of aggravated robbery and arrest. she said she is not sure if she would jump on the roof of the car if she had it to do over again. >> adrenaline. >> the guys are not laughing now. >> no. they're in jail. >> who has the last lap?
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>> monique. lawless. i love her last name. >> tired of the lawless society. >> right. you know, doing that. and you're cooling down. >> i liked it. well, yeah, yeah. sometimes. sometimes you're just hot. >> yesterday was hot everywhere. everybody was hot yesterday. look outside to see what is going on. absolutely! so hot, alum rock park, the officials closed it because it was so hot. you can have a picnic but not barbecue or fires because of the high temperatures today. look at what is going on outside. doesn't it look beautiful? the sky? the bay, almost the same color. the air is clear. concerning how warm it will be in the area today. we had fog in the morning.
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that's where it will stay all throughout the afternoon and evening hours. a look at the 24-hour temperature change. you can tell already that we are between two degrees cooler in livermore to about 14 in san francisco. thank you, joy. let me take a drink of water real quick. oh, that was hot. but it worked. thank you very much. a look at the temperatures. i thought he was giving me cold water. got me hot water. ouch. 57 in half moon bay. that sounds good now, thank you. mid-to-upper 60s in san jose. 87 in livermore. upper 50s in santa cruz and monterey. low to mid-60s for watsonville and salinas. 79 in gilroy. it's not as hot today everywhere. the clouds will remain at the coast. they'll come back tonight and keep temperatures in the 50s. more comfortable tonight. a sunny afternoon and cool trend for saturday.
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today, look how much we drop down. 7 in concord. eight, nine in fremont. and san jose. 11 degrees cooler in san francisco. sun sets at 8:35 this afternoon. a reason why is the clouds, they weren't extensive this morning. but the sea breeze brought them in, still here though the clouds are gone. it be five to 15 degrees cooler today. look at the east bay. warmest. mid-to-upper 70s. richmond, berkeley. hayward. low to mid-80s in the shore. 90 in saratoga and los gatos in the south bay. mid-to-upper 70s in san mateo. upper 60s in downtown san francisco. 74 in saucelito. 89 in santa rosa. mid-60s with the sunshine at your beaches. for tomorrow, temperatures are dropping another four to six degrees. inland, around the bay, we drop four degrees. probably a couple of more by
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saturday. saturday, sunday, monday, tuesday. the temperatures will hold around 60 at the coast. low 70s around the bay. low to mid-80s inland. that's where we should be for this time of year. heat wave is almost over. >> thank you. >> you bet. >> thank you very much. well, some health news now. federal regulators say women with silicon breast implants will likely need additional surgery in ten years and is still believed to be safe. the latest data shows silicon breast implants are relatively safe. but the agency says it will revise the safety label for implants. the f.d.a. says women should know that breast implants are not life-time devices. the longer a woman has implants the more likely they are to have medical complications. starting in july, verizon wireless will stop offering smart phone and tablet customers unlimited data plans. according to the "l.a. times" the largest cell phone provider will move to tiered data plan charging customers different rate for
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